Thursday, July 14, 2011


I'm absolutely smitten with Gili Trawangan. This little island is everything I wanted but not what I expected. A pleasant surprise. The locals are friendly, the other tourists are respectable, the food is incredible, the water is crystal clear and it's always warm. I had committed to walking to the top of the island today. Just as I was going to head out the door it started raining. I am pretty sure it was a monsoon; it was that bad. The dirt roads turned into little rivers and the sky was the most miserably gray. For those who don't know me personally, there are few things I dislike more than rain. It subsided eventually, but the clouds hovered. I decided to walk up for the sunset anyway.

It seems whenever I overcome something that's frustrating, the universe gifts me a little treasure. Because of the clouds, the sunset was nothing special, but on my way down the hill I saw a little girl dancing in her yard. Here was a girl, who, by my country's standards, probably falls far below the poverty line, dancing around. Despite the rain, despite the mud, despite the gray clouds, despite all the hardship in her life, she was dancing. And it was so beautiful.

Smitten, I tell you.


Antoinette said...

WOW! These photos are absolutely amazing!

Celia said...

Those photos are a little more stalkerish than usual! haha! I love how your depth of field is always so (shallow?) with bokeh and stuff :) What do you have your f-stop on as a rule of thumb?

withoutizy said...

Thanks for the love girls. Um, anywhere from 5.6 downwards.. depends on the situation but 5.6 is my go to :-)

alexandra grecco said...

Really lovely photos - and I love the little girl!

Mallory said...

how amazing!!! it really is inspiring to see these pictures. I love them!!!

BTW - i live in alaska! it is quite gorgeous! but more lame in the winter. it gets old after like 7 months of snow and darkness :(

But it is truly a beautiful state!!!

Taylor said...

Oh my! This pictures are gorgeous! The little girl dancing is almost too much for my little heart to take. I just found your blog and I love it.